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Bready or Not Original: Apple Butter Blueberry Muffins

Posted by on Jul 8, 2020 in apples, Blog, blueberry, Bready or Not, breakfast, cupcakes, healthier, muffin | 0 comments

Apple Butter Blueberry Muffins! Fruity flavors combine in a delicious way in this original recipe.

Bready or Not Original: Apple Butter Blueberry Muffins

I love apple butter. It’s delicious, versatile stuff. I’ve found it can work as a substitute in recipes that call for things like applesauce, bananas, and pumpkin puree.

Bready or Not Original: Apple Butter Blueberry Muffins

Here, the inherent spiciness in apple butter adds a lot of flavor without the need to measure out extra spices–and the thick texture creates a cakey, moist crumb.

Bready or Not Original: Apple Butter Blueberry Muffins

The fresh blueberries throughout are like flavor bombs, introducing a different kind of sweetness in contrast.

 

Bready or Not Original: Apple Butter Blueberry Muffins

Do note that this recipe makes 24 muffins. It saves a lot of time if you have two pans, but this recipe could certainly be done with one. Make sure you have paper liners, though. There’s no sadness like my-muffin-is-stuck-in-the-pan sadness.

Bready or Not Original: Apple Butter Blueberry Muffins

Apple butter and blueberries are a delicious, underutilized combo that work out perfectly in these moist, cakey muffins. Recipe makes 24 muffins, so make this recipe with plans to share or freeze!
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Keyword: apple butter, blueberries, muffins
Servings: 24 muffins
Author: Beth Cato

Equipment

  • muffin liners
  • 2 muffin pans

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour plus extra
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon heaping
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups apple butter
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil liquid

Instructions

  • Preheat oven at 425-degrees. Place muffin liners in two 12-count pans and apply a heavy dose of nonstick spray. Set aside.
  • Wash and sort through blueberries, picking out stems or mushy berries. Pat dry. Place in a bowl. Add a tablespoon or so of flour and gently stir to coat berries. This will prevent them from sinking in the batter.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, white sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • In a big mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, vanilla, apple butter, and coconut oil. Gradually pour in the dry ingredients, scraping bottom several times, until everything is just incorporated. Carefully fold in the blueberries.
  • Scoop batter into prepared liners, filling each no more than 3/4 full.
  • Bake for 5 minutes at 425-degrees. Don't open oven door. Lower temperature to 375-degrees and bake for an additional 16 to 18 minutes, until middle muffins pass the toothpick test.
  • Remove pans from oven. Immediately (and carefully) use a fork to pry out each muffin. Keeping them in liners, set on rack to completely cool.
  • Once cooled, pack in sealed containers. If freezing muffins, remove liners first.

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    Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

    Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, healthier, muffin | Comments Off on Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

    These High Fiber Muffins are a delicious way to start your day!

    Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

    When I was challenged to make high-fiber muffins, this turned out to be more of a challenge than I anticipated. I wanted them to be delicious but to include ingredients I already had in the kitchen.

    Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

    In other words, I didn’t want to order some fancy high fiber mix-ins that I would never use again.

    Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

    I found a good base recipe from King Arthur Flour and set to work modifying it. Instead of Hi-Maize Fiber, I tried almond flour. I switched in white whole-wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour.

    Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

    When the topping portion of the recipe made way, way too much, I tested out reduced amounts in my next attempt. I judged how well the muffins held up after being frozen for weeks.

    Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

    The end result in a higher-fiber muffin recipe that’s light, cakey and delicious.

    Note that the muffin tops will get soggy after about two days at room temperature. Make them last a lot longer by freezing them! Remove the paper liners and set muffins on waxed paper to freeze, then store them in a gallon bag or other freezer-safe container.

    Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

    Modified from King Arthur Flour.

    Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

    These high-fiber muffins are light and cakey and packed with good things! Store them at room temperature for a day or two, or freeze to make them last longer.
    Course: Breakfast
    Keyword: muffins
    Author: Beth Cato

    Ingredients

    Muffins:

    • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
    • 2/3 cup white sugar
    • 3/4 cup almond flour
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 Tablespoon King Arthur Flour Cake Enhancer optional
    • 1/3 cup milk or half & half
    • 3/4 cup full-fat Greek vanilla yogurt a single serving size; could also use fruit-flavored kind
    • 2 large eggs room temperature
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/4 cup unsalted butter half stick, melted
    • 1 cup golden raisins or other dried fruit

    Topping:

    • 2 Tablespoons white whole wheat flour
    • 2 Tablespoons white sugar
    • 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter softened

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven at 400-degrees. Place muffin liners in pan and apply nonstick spray.
    • In a big bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, almond flour, baking powder, salt, and cake enhancer (if using). Mix in the milk, yogurt, eggs, and vanilla, followed by the melted butter. Stir in the dried fruit until just distributed.
    • Using a muffin scoop or heaping spoonfuls, fill muffin cups until mostly full.
    • Combine topping ingredients. Spoon onto the top of each muffin and lightly press in with fingertips.
    • Bake muffins for 16 to 18 minutes, until lightly domed and center muffin passes the toothpick test. Immediately remove them from the pan to cool on a rack.
    • Store in a sealed container at room temperature for up to two days; after that, tops will start to get soggy, though muffins will still taste good. To freeze, remove paper liners and place on a wax-paper lined pan in freezer. Then place in gallon freezer bag or plastic container to store in freezer up to several weeks.
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    Bready or Not Guest Recipe from Author Wendy Nikel: Continuum Coffee Cupcakes

    Posted by on Jan 25, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, cake, chocolate, guest recipe, muffin | Comments Off on Bready or Not Guest Recipe from Author Wendy Nikel: Continuum Coffee Cupcakes

    Today I welcome Wendy Nikel! Her novella The Continuum came out on Tuesday from World Weaver Press. Find out all about all the cool time-traveling twists in her new book, and grab a recipe for some cupcakes that are out of this world!

    Elise Morley is an expert on the past who’s about to get a crash course in the future.

    For years, Elise has been donning corsets, sneaking into castles, and lying through her teeth to enforce the Place in Time Travel Agency’s ten essential rules of time travel. Someone has to ensure that travel to the past isn’t abused, and most days she welcomes the challenge of tracking down and retrieving clients who have run into trouble on their historical vacations.

    But when a dangerous secret organization kidnaps her and coerces her into jumping to the future on a high-stakes assignment, she’s got more to worry about than just the time-space continuum. For the first time ever, she’s the one out-of-date, out of place, and quickly running out of time.


    January 23 marks the release day for my first book: a time travel novella entitled THE CONTINUUM. And what better way to celebrate a new book than with cupcakes?

    My main character, Elise, is a professional time traveler and — like me — a big fan of coffee, so I knew I wanted something rich and delicious. Plus, I’d been seeing galaxy-swirl treats here and there online and wanted to give this colorful, space-themed frosting a shot. What I ended up with was a death-by-chocolate cupcake, filled with mocha pudding and swirling buttercream frosting.


    THE CUPCAKES:

    THE FILLING:

    THE FROSTING:

     

    Bready or Not Guest: The Continuum Coffee Cupcakes by Wendy Nikel

    A death-by-chocolate cupcake with galaxy-swirled frosting, inspired by THE CONTINUUM by Wendy Nikel
    Course: Dessert
    Keyword: chocolate, coffee, cupcake
    Author: Beth Cato

    Ingredients

    Cupcakes

    • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    • 2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 cup white sugar
    • 3 Tablespoons melted butter
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1 cup chocolate chips

    Filling

    • Chocolate instant pudding
    • 2 cups milk
    • 1 teaspoon coffee extract

    Frosting

    • 4 cup powdered sugar
    • 1 cup butter
    • 1-2 Tablespoons milk
    • Gel food coloring
    • Sprinkles

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    • Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa, salt, and sugar.
    • In separate bowl, mix melted butter, eggs, and vanilla.
    • Alternate adding the flour mixture and 1 cup milk into the butter & egg mixture until well blended. Add chocolate chips.
    • Fill cupcake liners half full and bake for 15-17 minutes. Let cool.
    • Make instant pudding according to directions. Add 1 tsp coffee extract.
    • Fill pastry bag with pudding and place a filling tip on the end. Stick the filling tip into the center of each cupcake at a 90 degree angle and squeeze in the filling until you can see the top crust bulge.
    • Drop a bit of each color of food coloring into a bowl. Use a new paintbrush to "paint" the insides of the pastry bag or decorator with the food coloring.
    • After the inside is painted, add the frosting. Using a star tip, apply frosting in a swirling motion. Add sprinkles, and enjoy!

     

    THE CONTINUUM out NOW
    paperback via World Weaver Press $8.99 (regular $9.99)
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    Wendy Nikel is a speculative fiction author whose short stories have appeared in Fantastic Stories of the ImaginationDaily Science FictionAE Sci-FiNature: Futures, and various anthologies and e-zines. She is a member of SFWA and Codex Writers Group and is a managing editor at Flash Fiction Online.

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    Bready or Not: Lemon Crumb Mini Muffins (potluck-sized)

    Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, lemon, muffin | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Lemon Crumb Mini Muffins (potluck-sized)

    I found a lemon muffin recipe and thought, hey, I’ll rewrite this to be original and I’ll do mini muffins instead!

    Bready or Not: Lemon Crumb Mini Muffins

    Um. Yeah. The original recipe made a couple dozen muffins. My version? 113.

    Bready or Not: Lemon Crumb Mini Muffins

    I swear, I felt like I had created a Bowl of Holding. There was so much batter. So very, very much batter.

    Bready or Not: Lemon Crumb Mini Muffins

    The good news? My efforts were not in vain. The muffins were delicious. They were lemony and light, like puffs of flavor, the perfect remedy to the doldrums of winter.

    Bready or Not: Lemon Crumb Mini Muffins

    The recipe itself is pretty straightforward. Grease your mini muffin pans well (make SURE you have two pans to bake at once) and don’t overfill them. A touch of crumb topping makes them prettier and extra yummy.

    Bready or Not: Lemon Crumb Mini Muffins

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    Bready or Not: Lemon Crumb Mini Muffins (potluck-sized)

    If you need to make a lot of delicious lemony mini muffins, this is the recipe for you! This recipe makes about 113 little muffins. The use of two mini muffin pans that fit side-by-side in the oven is essential here, or you'll be baking these muffins until the end of time.
    Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
    Keyword: lemon, mini muffin, sour cream
    Author: Beth Cato

    Ingredients

    Crumb topping:

    • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick, melted

    Mini muffins:

    • 4 eggs room temperature
    • 2 cups white sugar
    • 1 cup vegetable oil
    • 1 large lemon zested and juiced
    • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 16 ounce sour cream 2 cups
    • 4 cups all-purpose flour

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven at 375-degrees. Prepare two mini muffin pans with a heavy dose of nonstick spray.
    • Combine the topping ingredients with a fork. Set aside.
    • In a very large bowl, mix the eggs until they are thick and frothy. Add the sugar and oil, and beat until they become creamy. Add the lemon zest and juice, both extracts, baking soda, and salt.
    • At this point, if you are using an electric mixer, you likely need to switch to a big spoon because of the sheer amounts involved. Add the sour cream and flour, pouring in small increments of each to gradually combine everything. Make sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl. The batter might be somewhat lumpy.
    • Use a teaspoon scoop to add batter to each muffin cup. Do NOT fill over 3/4 of each cup--these will grow in the oven! Use a spoon to add crumb topping to the tops.
    • Bake for 11 to 12 minutes, until muffins in the middle pass the toothpick test. Let them cool about 10 minutes, then use something like a chopstick to pry out each muffin to set on a cooling rack.
    • Heavily apply nonstick spray to both pans again, then repeat the process. Using two pans, this will take three batches to bake.
    • Store muffins in airtight containers at room temperature. They can also be frozen for weeks.
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    Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pucks

    Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, chocolate, gluten-free, healthier, main dish, muffin, pumpkin | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pucks

    I continue to revisit old favorite pumpkin recipes to incorporate more experience and better photography. This week’s recipe is for Pumpkin Pucks.

    Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pucks

    These happen to be gluten-free and paleo, if you follow those diets. More to my needs, they are high-protein, avoid processed flours, and are DELICIOUS.

    Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pucks

    They are rather like mini pumpkin pie custards with a slightly nutty taste. Do note that this can be made with whole wheat and/or all-purpose flour, if you don’t care about it being gluten-free… but I by far prefer the taste with almond flour.

    Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pucks

    I have also used different nut butters. Almond butter tastes the strongest–in a very good way–though cashew butter was fantastic, too.

    Once, I only had 3/4 cup of pumpkin, so I made up for the difference with applesauce. I found no major difference in taste or texture.

    Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pucks

    I find that two of these make for a delicious breakfast. The size makes them very kid-friendly. I have kept them in the fridge for upwards of a week. Also, these are fantastic to freeze. Just be sure to remove the muffin cup liners and use waxed paper between layers.

    Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pucks

    You can alter the flavor with different toppings, too. Mini chocolate chips are my favorite! Pepitas and dried cranberries work well, too; note that the cranberries are tart but mellow after time in the fridge.

    Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pucks

    Enjoy this healthy recipe, and be warned that next week takes a decidedly sugary turn with a recipe for Pumpkin Roll!

    Modified from Paleo Parents.

    Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pucks

    This delicious recipe makes a kind of gluten free, paleo-friendly dense pumpkin custard in a muffin pan. Store these in the fridge for upward of a week; they can also be frozen, with the muffin liners removed, and kept between waxed paper.
    Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Snack
    Keyword: gluten free, maple, muffins, paleo, pumpkin
    Author: Beth Cato

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup pumpkin puree
    • 1 cup almond butter or other nut butter
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
    • 2 eggs room temperature
    • 1/3 cup almond flour or wheat or all-purpose flour
    • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
    • 1 tsp nutmeg
    • 1/2 tsp salt

    Topping choice: 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips, OR chopped nuts or pepitas, or dried cranberries

      Instructions

      • Place muffin cup liners in pan, then spray the insides with nonstick spray. Preheat oven at 350-degrees.
      • If your almond butter is very stiff, measure it out, place in a microwave-safe bowl, then zap it for 15 seconds or so to soften it. Mix pumpkin puree and the almond butter together.
      • Add honey and maple syrup. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add the dry ingredients until everything is just combined.
      • Fill the muffin cups to 3/4 full; a tablespoon scoop makes this easy, as it's almost exactly 2 tablespoons to fill the cups. Top with mini chocolate chips or nuts or cranberries, if desired.
      • Bake at 350-degrees for about 20 minutes. Pumpkin pucks will not rise much. The tops of some may start to crack. Remove them from pan and allow to cool, then store in fridge.
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      Bready or Not: Jumbo XXL Lemon-Blueberry Muffins

      Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Blog, blueberry, Bready or Not, breakfast, lemon, muffin | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Jumbo XXL Lemon-Blueberry Muffins

      You could made normal, piddly muffins. Or you can make ENORMOUS HONKIN’ MUFFINS like the kind you get in bakeries. These Jumbo XXL Lemon-Blueberry Muffins taste pretty darn good and will fill your belly, too.

      Bready or Not: Jumbo XXL Lemon-Blueberry Muffins

      These muffins pans are surprisingly cheap. Amazon has a couple different kinds. Search for “jumbo muffin pan” or “Texas muffin pan.” (Because everything is bigger in Texas).

      Bready or Not: Jumbo XXL Lemon-Blueberry Muffins

      Confession: one reason I like these muffins is because they are pretty. I add a couple blueberries on top to make sure they don’t all sink, and I add some turbinado sugar to make them glisten.

      Bready or Not: Jumbo XXL Lemon-Blueberry Muffins

      Then there’s the size. Look at the pictures here and you’ll see that silver cup for size contrast. That’s 1 cup. Yeah.

      Bready or Not: Jumbo XXL Lemon-Blueberry Muffins

      If that’s too much muffin for you to eat, you can easily cut one in half. Or you can do what I do and freeze most of the batch. Wrap’em up in a few layers of plastic wrap and they’ll keep well in the freezer for a few weeks.

      Bready or Not: Jumbo XXL Lemon-Blueberry Muffins

      That’s a perfect way to make these cakey lemon-blueberry bombs last a little longer!

      Modified from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Shared another version of this recipe in 2013 on my LiveJournal.

      Bready or Not: Jumbo XXL Lemon-Blueberry Muffins

      Use a jumbo muffin pan to make delicious and ginormous lemon-blueberry muffins, just like the kind you get in bakeries! These muffins are best eaten within a day or two, but they can also be frozen to enjoy later. Eat at room temperature or warmed.
      Course: Breakfast, Snack
      Keyword: blueberries, lemon, muffins
      Author: Beth Cato

      Ingredients

      • 3 cups all-purpose flour
      • 4 teaspoons baking powder
      • 1 teaspoon salt
      • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      • 2 eggs room temperature
      • 1 lemon zested and juiced
      • 1 cup white sugar
      • 1 cup milk or almond milk or half & half
      • 1/2 cup canola oil
      • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
      • 6 ounces fresh blueberries washed and patted dry
      • sparkling sugar optional, or turbinado sugar for the top

      Instructions

      • Preheat oven at 425-degrees. Use nonstick spray or butter on the muffin pan.
      • In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, lemon zest, and cinnamon. Set aside.
      • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar. Mix in the milk, oil, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Mixture will be pale and yellow.
      • Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, making sure to scrape the bowl, but don't overmix. The batter will be thick and somewhat lumpy.
      • Carefully fold in the blueberries, reserving some to place on top of the muffins.
      • Pour the batter into the greased muffin tins, filling just about to the top. Add the reserved blueberries and some turbinado or sparkling sugar, if desired.
      • Bake at 425-degrees for 5 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 375. Continue to bake for about 25 minutes. The tops should be lightly golden, and the muffins should pass the toothpick test. Allow them to cool for 10 minutes in pan, then remove to begin eating or to allow them to cool completely on a rack. (If you leave the muffins in the pan too long, they will steam and get soggy.)
      • Muffins are best eaten within a day or two, but they can also be frozen for later enjoyment. Eat at room temperature or zap in the microwave to warm up.
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